The Renwick Hotel New York City, Curio Collection by Hilton
What We Love
- Smack-dab central location just a block from Grand Central Terminal
- Housed in a historic red brick building that was formerly a long-stay hotel for artists and writers, including John Steinbeck, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Mann
- Interiors by trailblazing Stonehill & Taylor Architects, the designers behind New York’s Ace Hotel and NoMad Hotel
- The 173 guestrooms, including 33 suites, have a loft-like layout and custom furnishings including easel-inspired TV stands, benchlike desks and patterned carpets designed to look like paint-splattered concrete
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- Some Gallery Rooms and Suites have private terraces
- Midtown address at 40th and Lexington, but the look and vibe have a hip, downtown edge
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
In a historic 1920s Midtown East building, the Renwick offers a hip stay just a block from Grand Central Terminal. The 173-room property was a former long-stay hotel for writers, artists, and intellectuals including John Steinbeck and F. Scott Fitzgerald. The new-look Renwick draws on this rich literary and artistic heritage, from custom furnishings designed to evoke easels and desks, to carpets that mimic paint-splattered concrete and installation-like artworks. All of the guest rooms have a loft-style layout, with platform King and Queen beds, tufted leather headboards, steampunk chandeliers, 48-inch flat-screen TVs, free WiFi, and mini-fridges. The petite bathrooms are notable for their graphic ceiling murals, plush bathrobes and slippers, and posh Apotheke amenities. Downstairs, chef John Delucie’s first solo restaurant project, Bedford & Co., is the heart of the property, with a menu that focuses on upscale American comfort food (signature dishes include chicken pot pie and truffle mac and cheese).
In the Area
If you’re inspired by your artsy digs, take a tour of the grand New York Public Library and check out one of the rotating exhibits. While you’re there, visit Bryant Park, a sylvan break from the big city bustle. Depending on the time of year, you can catch an outdoor movie, challenge a local to chess or go ice skating. Revel in the Old New York glamour of Grand Central Terminal over martinis at the speakeasy-style Campbell Apartment bar or over dinner at the Oyster Bar. Or sample the excellent beer selection, from stouts to IPAs to cask-conditioned ales, at Ginger Man.
How to Get There
This is a solid hotel. The rooms are surprisingly large for it being in the middle of NYC. the bed is super comfy, blackout curtains let you sleep in late if you want, and it is pretty. Just around the corner from about a million coffee shops and Grand Central Station.
Hotel has amazing location. Easy access to midtown and Times Square. Subway and grand central are super close. I was really impressed with the front desk team; especially, the manager Brian.
Highly recommend staying here.
I love this hotel. The lobby is intimate and functional. The rooms are good size (for NYC) but easy to navigate and just comfortable--updated, CB2-type furnishings. The bed is cozy--not too hard and not too soft--with decent linens/pillows, and the desk is functional for work but friendly enough to inspire writing a letter. The HVAC worked like a dream and wasn't noisy. The room was spotless, and the toiletries were a notch above average. The location is amazingly convenient, and even being very familiar with NY and having stayed in many neighborhoods, I loved how easy it was to get around from here. I rated this as excellent--which it is, in its class. This is not a big blowout; it's a comfortable, easy, attractive hotel where I would happily stay again and again. And I love Bedford & Co, the restaurant in the hotel.
I’ve stayed at the Renwick several times over the last few years and it has been a consistently great experience. The staff is friendly, the hotel is clean and well decorated, and the location is central. I love the history of this building and how the Renwick has incorporated that into their decor! Looking forward to my next stay here!
We picked this hotel because of its great mid town location between Lexington and 5th Avenue.
It’s a Hilton so you expect a certain level of service and what is provided.
This is where this hotel falls short. Fridge provided in room but no facilities to make a hot drink which is a normal feature of Hilton hotels. They provide coffee free in the morning for a couple of hours and then nothing if you don’t pay for it.
What is frustrating is that if you want tea you have to pay for it and when I asked the lady on reception why only coffee I got a very frosty response that that’s all they provide which makes no sense, it would cost next to nothing to provide both as a courtesy to those who don’t drink coffee.
Most Hilton’s provide them both all day.
Staff not overly friendly on reception and her lack of empathy spoke volumes.
Courtesy clearly isn’t top of their priority here.
Not enough hanging space in the rooms and very strange duvet set up with the thinnest duvet I have ever seen with a sheet each side of it which doesn’t keep you warn and gets tangled up.